Sunday, March 01, 2009

Spore in the classroom

This was a little experiment to develop and use Spore in schools - I was using it in an english class to develop creative learning and imagination skills. We then we filmed the kids introducing their creatures and interacting with them. these video are not for the internet but this small preproduction experiment shows (I hope) the power of playing with games and learning.
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Friday, August 15, 2008 Recommended for You

I am on holiday and away from my usual computer still I am finding time to blog about past weirdness....

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Plasticine Respect

A Sample of the work I have been doing with the young people of Cumbria.
Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A Zadi Twitter Comment Made Real - Semanal 7

Something Zadi said on twitter made this happen....
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Climate Change Explorer - vox pop nature - Semanal 6

This was previously abandoned footage for an schools arts project on climate change. It was conceived and filmed last year during the media's big debate on the natural verses human causes of climate change. This debate still rages in schools as climate change enters the national curriculum and different teachers have different views - The Climate Change Explorer Project put me at the center of this debate and I thought that the only way forward was to equip the kids with the ability to ask questions for themselves - harder than you think, because it actually requires someone to listen and the kids to be heard. Thats why I made Plasticine Opinions. Anyway I wasn't sure if this video worked because I was trying to understand that if nature has no voice then how do we listen to it?
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Morecambe - Canon HG10 - Semanal 5

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Adam has written below about our experience of the HG10 camera this month. I have to say it won me over for ease of use and general gorgeousness of shot quality - even I could use it one handed whilst jiggling baby - but didn't have much chance to, to be honest. However, I did live with the camera present every moment just about - which, as Adam says below, caused a few annoyed comments from me when tired!

Anyway - this little film captures the joy of the last week when, with a surprise week of free time in Adam's full diary, we got to enjoy time as a family in this glorious and unusual Spring weather. This film is of an outing to Morecambe Bay. The three of us went last week after Django had to go to the Maxillo Facial Unit to have his tongue tie 'released' - a very upsetting affair for me as we had to leave him to the surgeon. But in the end, he is happier for it and able to eat more. Which is how this little film ends - me feeding him, sitting in the fading sun of Morecambe Bay...blissfool.

When Django is older he will wonder why it was only the first month of his is life was recorded with such beautiful image quality...

now - if someone somewhere has a car they would like us to try out as a send it along!

Here is what Adam has to say...bit more technical...

Our months trial of the HG10 is finally up and I have hardly posted a fraction of the footage we have ... The Semanal Project thankfully gives me the perfect excuse to try and put the footage together ... So with my son sleeping in one arm and using a pen and tablet to edit iMovie08 in the other I have put together a little walk about we had along Morecambe beach.

The great thing we liked about the HG10 - especially for what I do - is its super fast focus and zoom- it is great for capturing that visual moment - Vik did tell me off because I have been glued to the view finder ... whispering "nice" and "Yes" sad and I can imagine annoying. Still we got some excellent shots that I will be sharing with you in the next few weeks (yes the hard drive is packed) Which reminds me if you do get this camera .. and I am saving for one right now ... get a 1TB external firewire drive too ... you will need it.

Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)